12/24/2014 05:20 pm ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

The Top 10 Sexiest Men GIFs of 2014



You can clock a man's sexiness in about two seconds flat. You don't need a stopwatch when you can just take a look at the two-second captures in our Top 10 Sexiest Men GIFs of 2014.

We poured through thousands of GIFs (a thankless but rather moist job) to arrive at our top 10 selection. But before we did that, we had to define what we meant by "sexy." Is it a handsome face? A strong body? That look in his eyes? The way he moves? The way he touches his hair? The way he walks? That knowing smile?

Yes, yes and Oh, God YES.

The GIFs in our top 10 list reflect what most people think of as sexy:

You Don't Have To Be a Celebrity To Turn People On
Only one celebrity made our cut - - Jake Gyllenhaal. In the truest definition of sexiness, the man made our list and he wasn't a) shirtless b) kissing a woman or c) diving into a pool of chocolate. The GIF is him simply leaning back in response to a question posed by a talk show host.

You Don't Have To Be Real
One of our GIFs is actually an animation. And get this - - it's only of a man's mouth.

The Eyes Are the Windows to the Soul
Several of our GIFs are distinguished by a not so subtle look in the man's eyes. It's the kind of look that makes you want to take up smoking just so you can light one up in case you hook up with him.

The Way He Touches Himself
Whether it's the GIF of the surfer brushing his hair back in the wind or the close-up of the diver touching the back of his bathing suit, the way a man touches himself can make the difference between saying "Badda Bing" and "Badda BANG!"

Washboard Abs Aren't A Requirement But Boy, Do They Help
Some of the GIFs that made our cut were simply a paean to belly buttons. One guy takes his shirt off in a way that you can't see his face. And you know what? IT DOESN'T MATTER. If you touched his stomach you'd get a paper cut.

We've listed our top ten list in descending order. Take a look at the #1 Sexy Male GIF of the year and you'll understand why our assistant started answering the phone with, "Incontinence Hotline... Can you hold?"